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PNC pastors help plan for Poor People’s Campaign

Bianca Davis-Lovelace is one of the tri-chairs for Washington Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, along with Liz Moore of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) and Jonathan Hemphill.

Bianca, an ordained UCC pastor who is now co-pastor of Sky Urban Empowerment and Transformation Center in Renton, led a Feb. 10 training for organizers in Renton. Gen Heywood, pastor of Veradale UCC, is helping organize “faith and conscience” communities in the Inland Northwest.

Both are recruiting people to organize grassroots efforts in neighborhoods, faith communities and other networks for 40 days of action and beyond from Mothers’ Day, May 13, through the summer solstice on June 21.

In Spokane, planning will be part of PJALS’ annual Peace and Justice Action Conference, Feb. 23 and 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Plans also relate with a national rally April 3 to 5 in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Plans for the 40 days are for more than marches, rallies and speeches,” said Gen.

The Poor People’s Campaign is co-organized by Repairers of the Breach, a social justice organization founded by the Rev. Dr. Barber II, of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and a Disciples of Christ pastor.

The national goal is to “build the power of people and state-based movements to serve as a vehicle for a moral movement and to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society.”

Gen said the planning group seeks ways to be involved beyond 40 days, because “changing hearts takes more time.”

Events will build relationships through sharing stories, uncovering connections and pain, and focusing on causes of poverty.

“We are planning relational experiences related to overcoming poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation,” she said.  “We will look at how we talk to each other without blame, while practicing listening, educating and learning with one another.”

For information, call 708-937-5711 for Bianca or 509-926-7173 for Gen.


Pacific Northwest United Church of Christ News © February-March 2018


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